Practitioner of the Month: Dr. Pavin Rakhra, DC
Every month, we’re showcasing one of our amazing practitioners so you can get to know them and their services better.
Dr. Pavin Rakhra
ABOUT DR. PAVIN
Dr. Pavin is a chiropractor who’s dedicated to helping you achieve a healthier lifestyle. He’s a graduate from California’s Life Chiropractic College West and shares his passion for health by leading workshops and interactive events in the local community. Dr. Pavin has also embarked on humanitarian trips to help people in India, Haiti, and Mexico.
Whether you need to recover from an injury, relieve pain, or simply want to maintain your good health, Dr. Pavin can help you achieve your goals naturally through personalized treatments, preventative care, and safe, effective chiropractic techniques.
We sat down with Dr. Pavin to get his top back and neck pain tips and to learn more about chiropractic care.
1) What sets you apart from other chiropractors?
I believe one of the main factors that differentiates myself from other chiropractors is my approach when working towards my client’s goals. While many practitioners often focus on chasing symptoms, my goal is to find the root cause of what may be causing the discomfort in the first place. Understanding that the human body is incredibly intelligent and complex, my goal is to restore proper biomechanical function and communication within the body so you can work towards livings a healthier and pain-free life. I also offer a variety of techniques which don’t also include a “popping” sound.
2) Is there anything you can do at home to relieve back and neck pain?
When it comes to home care to relieve aches and pain, there are a few things you can do generally. However, when pain continues to persist or get worse, it’s strongly recommended to visit a health care professional. Below are a few tips you can follow at home.
- Ice – Ice is a great wait to reduce pain signals in the body and can be easily accessible at home. Start by wrapping an ice pack or something similar (i.e. bag of veggies) in a small towel. Apply it to the area of pain for 10-15 minutes or until numb. You can repeat every two waking hours. *DO NOT go to bed with an ice pack or apply ice directly to your skin.
- Epsom Salt – Taking a warm bath with Epsom salt can be a great way to relax and also relieve aches and pain that you might be experiencing.
- Laying on the floor on your back with your knees bent is a great rest position to help reduce stress through your body. Lay on the floor for about 10-15 minutes if possible for multiple times throughout the day.
- Walking and light movement is a great way to also help reduce pain at home. If you are able to walk without any major aggravation or pain, a 5 to 15-minute walk can help the body start to recover fast. *DO NOT incorporate walking if it increases or causes pain.
The above tips are very general in nature and may not work for everyone. It is important to consult with a practitioner as everyone’s pain is different and can be caused from various factors.
3) What are the keys to back and neck pain prevention?
The keys to back and neck pain prevention are to be proactive and keep your body active. Without getting into the details, our bodies are meant to be active, not sitting at a desk for 8 hours in a day. When individuals first experience pain, this is a message from our brain giving us an alert. However, many people often ignore this alert and continue on with their daily lives until one day it is unbearable. It gets to the point where it effects work and daily activities and they feel the need to seek care. Below are a few ways to prevent aches and pain.
- Incorporating daily movement is one of the most effective ways to prevent pain. (daily walking, runs, gym, exercises classes, swimming, etc.)
- Reduce the amount of sitting time. If you work at a desk, aim to get up every 30-40 minutes and walk around briefly.
- Visit practitioners for maintenance and prevention of pain. You do not have to be in pain to receive services such as chiropractic or massage for example.
- Address your pain as soon as possible, don’t ignore it and carry on as it may cause further complications.
4) What’s something most people don’t know about chiropractic care?
I think the biggest thing most people don’t know about chiropractic care is that you DON’T have to be in pain to visit a chiropractor. Chiropractic can be much more than reducing aches and pains although that is a key benefit. Chiropractic helps preserve the health of our spine which is extremely important as it protects our nervous system. When we have damage to our spine, it can affect how our entire body functions. As many people visit the dentist for preventing cavities, it’s crucial to visit your chiropractor to help prevent “cavities” in the spine that may occur later in life. It’s about allowing your joints to move and function optimally.
5) For those who have never seen a chiropractor before, what can they expect from their first visit?
On your initial visit, we will cover a variety of components to help address your goals. Most importantly we will go through a thorough health and lifestyle history along with a comprehensive assessment to determine what may be causing your discomfort. As many of my clients are new to chiropractic, we will take time to understand how chiropractic works and how it relates to your complaints. Most people will receive their first adjustment on the same day depending on the assessment. You can expect to leave with more knowledge about the body, how chiropractic works in relation to your complaint, and a plan to work towards your goals.
Are you suffering from nagging neck pain that’s getting worse or living with a back injury that’s not healing as fast as you like? Dr. Pavin has helped countless patients overcome these issues – it’s very likely he can help you too.
Come in for a FREE Discovery Visit if you’re ready to leave pain in the past. This no-obligation session is a great opportunity for you to get your questions answered and share your health concerns. Dr. Pavin will also provide personalized treatment options, leaving you with a clear path to recovery.